Reference Quantity: ST0493

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile:

Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals specialising within the decrease limb (ft, ankles, legs), offering top quality medical care to folks of all ages.  A Podiatrist’s job is to work to guard folks’s ft, offering preventative recommendation, care, evaluation, prognosis and remedy of a variety of issues affecting the decrease limb.  Maintaining cellular and retaining independence impacts the standard of individuals’s lives. Podiatrists purpose to cut back the influence of incapacity and dysfunction and have a task in rehabilitation. They play a pivotal half in lowering the danger of amputation, an infection, ache, deformity and hospital admissions. They are going to undertake a variety of podiatry interventions together with wound care, routine pores and skin and nail care, nail surgical procedure, scalpel work or look after long run situations. They supply musculoskeletal evaluation after which instigate a remedy plan to enhance or improve motion or scale back ache. They prescribe practical insoles for the administration of foot / decrease limb situations.

Day after day actions embrace:

  • assessing sufferers, differentially diagnosing situations
  • agreeing and negotiating remedy plans in partnership with the affected person
  • treating decrease limb situations reminiscent of nail and pores and skin pathology, musculoskeletal situations, ache and wounds
  • coping with folks with difficult medical and social situations and their issues, offering evidence-based interventions
  • providing holistic patient-centred well being schooling
  • medical administration and administration together with holding information, appointment administration, inventory management and sustaining the medical setting

Entry Necessities:

Sometimes 3 A ranges or equal entry qualification.

Qualification necessities:

You can be required to finish a Well being and Care Professions Council (HCPC) accepted BSc (Honours) or (the place the apprentice already holds a stage 6 honours diploma) a pre-registration MSc in Podiatry. Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to finishing the end-point evaluation.  For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are a substitute for English {qualifications} for whom that is their major language.  

Skilled registration:

On completion of the apprenticeship it is possible for you to to use to the Well being and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to register and apply as a Podiatrist within the UK, offering you will have the required BSc or MSc course in Podiatry. (See HCPC Requirements of Conduct, Efficiency & Ethics; Requirements of Proficiency & Requirements of Persevering with Skilled Improvement

Trade particular requirement: 

Throughout your apprenticeship you will need to meet the 15 requirements as set out within the Care Certificates. The CQC count on that suppliers observe these requirements to verify new employees are supported, expert and assessed as competent to hold out their roles (see




sometimes 4 years

Overview Date:

After 3 years


You can be skilled, expert, assured, educated, caring, compassionate, conscientious, trustworthy, reliable 


You’ll deal with folks with dignity, respecting particular person’s variety, beliefs, tradition, wants, values, privateness and preferences. You’ll present respect and empathy for these you’re employed with, have the braveness to problem areas of concern and work to proof primarily based greatest apply.  Additionally, you will be adaptable, reflective, dependable and constant, present discretion, resilience, self-awareness and exhibit management.

  It is possible for you to to: You’ll know and perceive:
Individual-centred apply
  • defend and hold folks protected, making use of present laws to advertise their rights, decisions and needs, treating them with dignity and respect, clarify remedy choices and dangers/ profit/ prognosis together with no remedy to acquire and doc knowledgeable consent for podiatry care
  • work collaboratively with sufferers and others
  • talk successfully and appropriately, listening fastidiously to find out all of the components affecting the affected person’s foot well being within the context of their medical and social historical past and talent to self-care
  • set up person-centred podiatry agreed remedy plans, encouraging knowledgeable decision-making encourage and allow acceptable self-care 
  • laws, insurance policies and procedures referring to safeguarding, ethics, equality, variety and inclusion
  • what is supposed by knowledgeable consent and safe it throughout the age vary and in step with cognitive potential
  • methods to work successfully with households, carers and different groups
  • the significance of communication in plain English utilizing a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies acceptable to age, emotional or psychological state or cognitive potential
  • what is supposed by compassionate person-centred care together with methods to interact folks in their very own care
  • podiatry remedy planning processes together with the dangers and advantages of remedy plans

Medical Care

  • choose and use acceptable evaluation and remedy strategies safely, successfully and ethically e.g. deciphering medical historical past; recognising potential penalties of remedy; finishing up mechanical debridement to take away painful, useless, broken, or contaminated tissue of intact and ulcerated pores and skin; taping and related adjunctive therapies; finishing up surgical procedures for pores and skin and nail situations; managing nail issues, or prescribing foot orthoses
  • observe, assess, diagnose, monitor and deal with a affected person’s decrease limb, reviewing, updating and adapting or ceasing remedy as required
  • use a scientific method to formulate and check a most popular prognosis
  • work with a variety of situations encouraging mobility and independence
  • carry out remedies, together with minor surgical procedure underneath native anaesthetic
  • handle medicines together with accessing, supplying and administering prescription-only medicines use primary life assist abilities to deal safely with medical emergencies
  • make and obtain referrals, together with being chargeable for the interpretation of medical findings in relation to the decrease limb and the choice for onward referral or discharge
  • create, retailer, retrieve and replace information in accordance with laws, protocols and tips
  • present verbal and written well being schooling on public well being, foot well being, mobility and the decrease limb, together with preventative, palliative or healing info, in a gaggle or one to at least one setting
  • the construction and performance of the human physique together with the biomechanics of the decrease limb and the influence it has on the entire physique
  • the significance of mobility and the way it impacts life expertise
  • a variety of medical wants related to the decrease limb reminiscent of acute or persistent neuropathies, long run situations, or musculoskeletal issues together with coping with folks with a degenerative situation or whose prognosis or prognosis is worsening
  • a variety of screening strategies reminiscent of diabetic threat stratification, vascular and neurological assessments or the taking of swabs or tissue samples
  • methods to make use of your judgement when observing, assessing, diagnosing, monitoring and treating the affected person
  • theoretical foundation of podiatry interventions and prognosis together with when to adapt or stop remedy
  • medical reasoning and the processes that underpin decision-making and downside fixing
  • potential results of anaesthesia together with dosage calculation
  • when minor surgical procedure could also be required
  • medicines administration inside the limits of your competence as outlined in laws and the HCPC necessities
  • present primary life assist practices and apply them
  • when and the place to refer
  • podiatry discharge procedures and protocols
  • document, report and retailer info in step with laws, coverage and procedures together with your position in relation to audit and information administration
  • methods to handle group dynamics or particular person periods together with methods to make sure materials is known
Well being Security and Safety
  • assess, document, mitigate and evaluation dangers round podiatry companies or remedies
  • transfer and place folks and podiatry gear safely
  • hold the setting clear and protected from hazards
  • order, retailer, sterilise and dispose of kit and different inventory utilized in podiatry companies
  • incident reporting and observe on protocols when a security threat has been breached
  • well being and security laws, insurance policies and procedures together with assess dangers that ensures security and safety and promotes restoration, mobility or independence
  • a variety of shifting and dealing with strategies
  • methods to make sure an infection prevention and management
  • methods to maintain your self, sufferers and colleagues protected together with lone working, methods to cut back occupational stress and the significance of sustaining your individual well being and well-being
  • processes for ordering and storing inventory together with cost-effectiveness, sterilisation and disposal protocols and the protected storage of prescription-only medicines
  • when and escalate points and incidents that may influence in your work setting
Private and Skilled Improvement
  • work inside the scope of apply for podiatrists, together with being professionally accountable and adhering to medical governance
  • work as a part of a multi-professional crew, demonstrating management and administration abilities
  • consider and measure your individual apply and efficiency and that of these you’re employed with, utilizing medical governance processes to enhance podiatry apply and total requirements in healthcare
  • exhibit evidence-based apply
  • the boundaries of your scope of apply as a podiatrist together with the laws, requirements and codes of conduct that apply
  • what is supposed by medical governance and accountability in relation to your position
  • the significance of taking part in appraisal, coaching and improvement
  • a variety of analysis strategies utilized in podiatry together with the ideas and functions of scientific enquiry to podiatry and decrease limb operate
  • how well being and care companies are structured and performance together with methods to work throughout boundaries
  • a variety of management and administration strategies together with methods to oversee and mentor others
  • methods to judge your individual efficiency and that of others, together with giving and receiving suggestions
  • the position of end result measures in evaluating the efficacy of remedies and interventions together with methods of enhancing podiatry apply
  • important reflection and its educational foundation together with fashions of important reflection and apply it to affected person care


Regulated customary

This can be a regulated occupation.

Regulator physique:

Well being and Care Professions Council

Coaching supplier should be accepted by regulator physique

EPAO should be accepted by regulator physique

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